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With a new abstract management system nearly on-line and Fall Meeting submissions just behind, it seems like a good time to take a quick look at the history and future of meetings abstract submission. In 1990, in accordance with the Union's commitment to exploit evolving information technology to enhance the quality of programs and services, experimentation began with receiving abstracts electronically—via e-mail. Following this innovation, in 1994, LaTex was used fore-mail submissions. Then, beginning with the 1996 Western Pacific Geophysics Meeting, abstract submissions were received through the AGU World Wide Web site.